Mom Meets Paul Ryan. Ever Had One of Those Moments? Need a Do-Over?
Have you ever had one of those dates with destiny where you have one chance to say what you mean, no do overs, but you flub it? It happened to my mom this weekend at a Paul Ryan event. Afterwards, she reached out to him with her rosary in hand. The Secret Service tried to take it away, Paul came back and took it. He asked, "are you sure you want to give me your rosary?"
"Yes," she said, "remember the women!"
Remember the women?
She could have said anything else, and felt better about it. How about: "remember the women who support religious liberty," or "remember the millions of women who are with you," or "remember the women who are sick and tired of being told free birth control and abortions is all they care about".
Mom thinks he understood her...she's hoping at least. But, I'd like to give her a bit of a do-over through Ricochet, on the off chance that somebody who knows somebody might read this.
So, Mr. Ryan, the lovely silver-haired woman who gave you a rosary on Sunday was not some Nancy Pelosi/Joe Biden Catholic plant trying to confront you. She is a sincere supporter who sees you as a champion for women like her and our First Amendment Rights. She supports you, she thanks you, and she prays for you. Keep up the good work!
Anyone else have a do-over to share?
It was a great event by the way. Ryan was inspiring in the way true leaders are. Nothing about him seemed like a smarmy politician. There were some lines I'd heard before, of course, but he really seemed to be talking to us. I especially liked when he said he and Mitt were ready to take responsibility instead of assigning blame. Then he referenced last year's Missouri River flood. It was an incredible flood, but not much ink was spent on it. It wasn't a devastation story because the people of the area took personal responsibility to protect their property. They did not wait for FEMA or the National Guard. Instead, neighbors, family, friends, businesses and community organizations banded together to do massive preemptive work. I liked that Ryan recognized that work.
My husband noticed the OtterBox on Paul's phone was camo. And we also noticed that Paul pointed in the right directions when he named the three states in the tri-state area. There were many little things like that. They made me think of him as a citizen politician. He was very professional, but seemed to be a sincere servant of the people.